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C of I hosts unique ‘Music from the Fringe’ concert

Idaho arts lovers have an opportunity to enjoy a unique musical experience this spring as The College of Idaho presents the “Music from the Fringe” concert, a cello choir performance created through a special compositional process using the practice of remote viewing. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. March 30 inside the Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Tickets cost $10 for adults or $5 for seniors and students. For more information, visit www.musiccollaborations.weebly.com.

“Music from the Fringe” is a three day collaboration of composers Jim Cockey and David Alan Earnest, artistic director Samuel Smith, remote viewing director Marty Rosenblatt, analyst facilitator Nancy Smith and cellists Melissa Wilson, Jake Saunders, Micah Claffey and Kyle True, a current junior at the C of I. The process culminates in the March 30 premiere performance – a composition in four movements for cello choir featuring four additional cellists: C of I alumnae Julia Pope and Christeena Sevy, Stephen Mathie and current C of I freshman Tasha Sitz.

“First off, I would encourage people to come see a cello choir because we have an excellent ensemble and it’s quite a nice sound,” said Smith, a professor of music and cellist in The College of Idaho’s Langroise Trio. “And secondly, there’s the twist that the main piece we’re premiering hasn’t even been started yet. It will be created over a three-day period by the cellists collaborating with award-winning composers and using the process of remote viewing, which has never been done before.” 

Remote viewing is a mental faculty that allows a perceiver to describe or give details about a target that is inaccessible to normal senses due to distance, time or shielding. For example, a viewer might be asked to describe a location on the other side of the world, which he or she has never visited. The “Music on the Fringe” performers will use this process to create raw musical material which will then be refined and molded into finished form by the two composers with the help of the remote viewing cellists. The four remote viewing cellists will be joined by the four additional cellists for rehearsal and performance on the day of the concert.

Smith is available to answer questions about the performance via phone at (208) 284-4222 or email at swsmith@collegeofidaho.edu.  

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.